Choir Day

Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Choir Day gives high school choirs the opportunity to come together in the Music Building to perform for and listen to fellow choir members, directors and NIU faculty members. Students also have the chance to learn from an accomplished guest clinician.


  • Cost: $250 per school (due two weeks before event)
  • Registration deadline: Sept. 9, 2022
    • This clinic is limited to seven schools.

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Be sure to register by the deadline. A registration fee is charged for each ensemble and is due two weeks before the event date. Please note: only one ensemble per school, unless space allows.


Note: Schedule allows five minutes for the choirs to move onto and off the stage.

Choir/Event Director Warm-up (Room 155) Performance/Clinic (Concert Hall) Critique (Room 171)
Romeoville Chorale Andrew White 8:35 a.m. 9 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
Central High School Chorale Jordan Pedigo 9:05 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m.
Bolingbrook High School Sunrise Singers Lawrence Fisher 9:35 a.m. 10 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Glenbard West Chamber Choir Andy Jeffrey 10:05 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.
Crystal Lake Central ACapella Singers Kimberly Scherrer 10:35 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 1:15 p.m.
Brigid Findley, NIU S.o.M. admissions, Concert Hall N/A N/A 11:30 a.m. N/A
Performance by NIU Concert Choir N/A N/A 11:40 a.m. N/A
Lunch N/A N/A 12:10 p.m. N/A
Rochelle Concert Choir Cory Ellis 12:50 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 1:45 p.m.

DeKalb High School Varsity Treble Choir

Travis Erikson

1:20 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 2:15 p.m.
Freeport High School Concert Choir Britney Kieselhorst 1:50 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
N/A N/A 2:20 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
N/A N/A 2:50 p.m. 3:15 p.m. 3:45 p.m.


If you cancel five or more business days before the event, you may request a refund from Kristin Sherman at or 815-753-1450. No refunds will be made after this time unless NIU cancels the event.


Participants will work with several NIU faculty members, including:

Guest Clinician

For Choir Day 2022 the NIU School of Music welcomes Pearl Shangkuan our guest clinician!

A sought-after conductor and clinician all across the United States and internationally, Pearl Shangkuan is a professor of music at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she directs choirs and teaches choral conducting and choral literature. She is also the chorus master (endowed Covenant Chair) of the Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony. Her performances and preparation of choruses consistently receive outstanding reviews for their combination of precision, artistry and passion. In addition to her Mosaic: the Pearl Shangkuan choral series for earthsongs, she serves as the music editor of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship choral series, published by GIA.

Her choirs have performed at national, division and state conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and other professional music conferences in the United States. Recent conducting engagements took her to Austria, South Africa, Hong Kong and all across the United States. She has conducted honor choirs for several ACDA divisions and has been a headliner for various ACDA state conferences. She has led performances and given workshops all across the US and in Asia (China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the Philippines), as well as in Austria, Australia and Canada.

Shangkuan has served as guest faculty in prominent professional programs in the U.S. including the Chorus America national conference conducting masterclass and its A Capella Conducting Masterclass, the University of Michigan Choral Conducting Symposium, the Westminster Choir College Summer Session among many others. She has conducted all-state, honor choirs and festivals in numerous states.

She has served on the National Board of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as the president of the Central Division (2007-09), and as Michigan ACDA state president (2003-05). Prior to her appointment at Calvin College, Shangkuan taught at Rutgers University and at the Westminster Conservatory of Music of Rider University in New Jersey.

Recipient of the Grand Rapids YWCA's Tribute! Award for outstanding professional women, she is also a past recipient of its Woman of Achievement award. Shangkuan has also served on the national board of the Choristers Guild and the board of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association and the New Jersey ACDA. She is a member of the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), Chorus America, IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music) and is a member of the Phi Kappa Lambda and Mu Phi Epsilon Music Honor Societies.

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